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Littleton River District Commission

The River District

The River District Commission is a master-planned community group made up of local residents, town officials and supported by state and regional resources dedicated to revitalizing the Ammonoosuc River district in Littleton, New Hampshire.

The mighty Ammonoosuc River is a viable locale poised to enhance Littleton's award-winning Main Street. Rooted in a landscape that put this small town on the map, the riverfront is the most important next step for economic redevelopment due to its scenic splendor and proximity to Main Street shopping.

Why Revitalize the River District?

2016 Summer News

On June 8th, 2016 the Town of Littleton celebrated the groundbreaking of its new $650,000 pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Ammonoosuc River at Bridge Street. This bridge helps complete the downtown riverwalk pedestrian and bicycle loop (along with the covered bridge on Mill Street), and it provides access to the recreational rail trail that extends 30 miles to the West and soon will extend through the entire town of Littleton. This bridge was funded by the state of NH tax credit program, local businesses that generously invested in those tax credits, and a federal grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission.

On June 9th, 2016 the Littleton Area Senior Center celebrated the opening of its riverfront Tree Harp Park, a short walk down the riverwalk path from the Senior Center.

On June 10th, 2016 the Town of Littleton was awarded a $1 million grant by the US Economic Development Administration! These funds, along with state and town funds, will reconstruct the stormwater and sewer system, road, and sidewalks along the Saranac, Ammonoosuc, and Mill Street corridor along the Ammonoosuc River in downtown Littleton.

View the 2016 River District Presentation here

2016 Goals:

While you can currently enjoy a stroll around Littleton's River District on its beautiful walk paths, admire it's covered bridge, make music by playing the piano near the Senior Center or the fun instruments at Harmony Park, and wonder through the many unique shops and eateries along the river, these upgrades to our roads and sidewalks in that area will create opportunities for all of Littleton.

Harmony Park

History of The River District Commission

In September, 2012, the Town of Littleton and Plan New Hampshire sponsored a Saranac Street Design Charrette. Professional designers and many residents attended the two-day session to brainstorm ideas on how to reinvigorate one of Littleton's most historic commercial and residential areas. From these discussions, the River District Commission was formed, and plans and projects are now underway.

Where Is the River District?

The River District includes both sides of the river, from Meadow Street to Cottage Street. Saranac Street officially becomes Ammonoosuc Street just east of the suspension bridge, and several small streets between this point and Cottage Street (directly behind the downtown area of Main Street) should also be included in the redevelopment.

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